Wedding Cake with Pearls and Shells


Heat and humidity turn buttercream into a mess in minutes. Try Hanlin's trick: Display a faux cake made of Styrofoam layers covered with fondant, and serve guests a sheet cake—kept out of sight in a cool spot—decorated with the same icing as the decoy. (Ask the baker to make an inconspicuous slit in the faux tiers ahead of time so you and your guy can easily make the ceremonial cut.)

Cake, Gail Watson Custom Cake. Porcelain cake topper, Lazy Susan


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